If you have dismissed the idea of presenting a baby blanket as a gift at the baby shower, I hope that I can change your mind. Even if you have knowledge that the new baby will be receiving more than one blanket from friends, there’s room in any layette for more than one.
Newborn crib or stroller blankets should be part of a complete wardrobe. There should be a collection with one for every temperature and season and fashionable young moms also like to have blankets of different colors that will match the clothing that baby will be wearing. Pink blankets for baby girls and blue for baby boys are a given, but don’t discount shades of purple, red and green.
COTTON FLANNEL RECEIVING BLANKETS
I got a stack of lightweight, flannel receiving blankets at my first baby shower because my due date was in late April. The assumption was that anything heavier would be unnecessary because it’s not unusual for the temperature in my area of the country to hit ninety degrees on a regular basis by the first of May. I always make sure to pack more than one in the baby’s diaper bag in case the weather turns cooler than expected or if there’s an unexpected accident.
You can never have too many receiving blankets! I have used them as burp cloths, bibs and once I had to use one as a diaper. I love my light blankets made of cotton flannel fabrics because they get softer with each washing. Once baby outgrows them, they make the most wonderful dust cloths and for some reason, the most beloved baby security blankets.
FLEECE BABY BLANKETS
The upside of fleece blankets is that they are so easy to care for and come in such bright and colorful patterns and themes. Even if you don’t know one end of a sewing machine from the other, you can make your own no-sew fleece blankets without a pattern or any formal training. I would use cotton fleece rather than synthetic fabrics even if it’s more expensive because of the comfort factor.
There are times, even in warm weather, when flannel blankets are just not fancy enough. For special occasions more luxurious, finely textured fabrics are called for. Cashmere and chenille baby blankets are much more suitable to cover your baby when they are dressed in their Sunday best. For baby boys, an embroidered baby blanket with pretty piping on the edges would dressy enough for a christening or baby dedication ceremony. For a baby girl, a sumptuous silk blanket edged in lace would be more fitting.
The best blankets and quilts are not bought in a store, they are handmade by special friends and relatives who put lots of love and care in choosing the best knitting or crochet patterns and yarns that won’t irritate a baby’s sensitive skin. The time is an investment because homemade baby afghans and quilts often last many generations with proper care. How nice to use the same crocheted baby blanket for your child that covered one of your ancestors in their cradle.
THE BABY BLANKET - UNIQUE BABY GIFTS
There are a number of ways to present a blanket as a gift that will make an impression. If you want to present a blanket as a special gift, there are some creative, unique ways that you can decorate the blanket so that it will be sure to become a family heirloom rather than a rag used to wash the car. Embroidered baby blankets are an inexpensive way to be sure that your gift is a winner at the party.
You can pick up a kit that includes all the embroidery thread, needles and fabric that you will need or you can buy some flannel, binding and pick your own motifs. Embroidered pictures of animals, Disney princesses or any characters that might reflect the theme of the nursery are a nice touch. It’s also nice to have the baby’s name and birth date on a corner of the blanket.
If you aren’t into baby crafts, you can buy personalized blankets online at many baby boutiques but you will need to order several weeks ahead of time because blankets are popular gifts and most stores have a backlog of orders.
Many baby stores offer baby gift sets that come with an elegant blanket, a rattle or some other crib toy and a matching bib. Gift sets always make a lovely presentation but are often expensive. Why not gather your own baby items and make your own for a cheap price?
No matter what kind of baby blanket you decide to buy, you can rest assured that it will be appreciated and well used.